Two good pigeons with good names remain without a good home at the Denver Animal Shelter despite the work of high-powered officials to find them one.
And by work, we mean that Denver City Councilman Chris Herndon recently spotlighted Feather McFeatherson and The Godfeather in his monthly newsletter as adoptable pets of the month, while the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, you know, tweeted about them.
Herndon loves animals and features them in his newsletter in hopes of finding them a home.
“I didn’t realize the variety at the beginning,” Herndon said. “I was just thinking cats and dogs when this first started. And then you’ll start to see that we have the pigeons, we’ve had tons of different fish, hamsters. It’s really cool to see all the different animals that they adopt out.”
The shelter has connected animal lovers with goats, pigs, turtles, geckos and roosters, to name a few.
At this current moment, you might be wondering why there are pigeons up for adoption. Well, they’re domesticated! Someone kept the rock doves as pets before turning them over to the shelter in August. So sending them into the urban wilds would not give them a wing-up, although Denver Animal Shelter’s Lieutenant Josh Rolfe said they might be able to make it work if they were released.
At this later moment, you might be wondering how they got their names. Well, animal shelter employees are apparently masters of pun. There’s a python called David Hisselhoff who came into their care on Christmas Eve, and they once had a pig called Elon Tusk.
“We totally named them,” said Rita Aragon, a shelter staffer, referring to the pigeons. “Come on, these are good names.”
If no one finds it in their small, black hearts to adopt these birds, they’ll live. Rolfe said his staff might reach out to pigeon-specific rescue organizations if the duo remains at the shelter for too long. But c’mon. Take the pigeons.